Employed Student Nurse

What is the Employed Student Nurse (ESN) Program?

The provincial Employed Student Nurse (ESN) program provides opportunities for Registered Nursing students to work as part of interdisciplinary teams and consolidate skills in supernumerary positions, under the regulatory supervision of Registered Nurses (RNs).

Island Health offers year-round employment positions, available in a variety of settings, with each ESN being allocated 275 hours per year (to be used by March 31 of each year).

Take a look at the job description, program principles and FAQs of the ESN program. 

Benefits of the ESN Program 

Program evaluations show the following benefits of the ESN Program:

  • opportunities for students to consolidate their skills and gain confidence in their practice
  • students are better prepared to transition into future RN positions
  • students are better prepared for jobs
  • additional nursing services provided to clients and families
  • nursing teams benefit from the vitality and energy ESNs bring to their roles 
  • opportunity for students to defray their tuition costs or student loans

Application Criteria

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) students who have met the following criteria are qualified to apply for the ESN program:

  • current enrolment in a recognized BScN program
  • successful completion of the second year (including final practicum placement) of the BScN program
  • current practicing Employed Student Registration with BCCNP
  • current certificate in basic cardiac life support
  • current membership with the British Columbia Nurses' Union (BCNU)

Application Process

ESN positions are posted on VI-Hire as they become available. To apply on VI-Hire, applicants need to:

  1. create a VI-Hire account/profile
  2. upload a resume and cover letter
  3. set up an account to receive email auto-alerts for new job postings
  4. apply to relevant postings

Directions on how to complete this process are on the VI-Hire website.